12 June, 2009

LG Arena KM900 Review

LG is one of the first few mobile phone manufacturers to use capacitive touch sensitive screens and since then, no one looked at touch screen devices in the same way. The LG Arena we have today was launched recently and our review unit came in silver. Wrapped around the 3 inch screen is a chrome frame, giving the Arena a more classic touch. The phone felt a little plasticky in our hand though. There are three touch sensitive buttons below the screen, namely call, end and shortcut keys.

The most interesting part of the phone is LG’s new Cube interface. We’ve seen the interface before in the Prada 2 but that was only either black or white. This time, it’s in a full color and boy it was nice! There are four menus to choose from, Shortcut, Widget, Contacts and Multimedia. By splitting everything into these screens, LG managed to cramp more stuff into the menu yet making it look simple enough to use.

Like all LG higher end mobile devices, the LG Arena is equipped with Schneider Kreuznach optics with a 5.0 megapixel sensor. The camera features were good and it lets you manually configure ISO values, focusing type and more. Picture quality was excellent but the single LED flash light wasn’t really good at lighting up dark areas.

The inch WVGA display is also one of the better ones we’ve used. It’s 480 x 800 resolution was really good for videos and photos. Speaking about photos, you will be able to zoom in and out using the pinching gesture. However, it’s not as smooth as the phone from a certain “fruity” brand. Despite saying that, it is still a huge improvement in terms of multi gesture device.

The Arena has a whopping 8GB internal storage with 2GB NAND Flash and 1GB of RAM. That’s more than enough for an average user. You can also add more storage via its microSD card slot located above the battery as well.

The LG Arena is a great phone with superb display as well as huge storage. The 5.0 megapixel camera with Schneider Kreuznach optics takes great photos as well. If only it uses less plastic, and we suggest you have feel of it before deciding.

Pros : Nice display, Huge internal storage

Cons : A little plasticky

LG Arena KM900 Specifications :

Network Support : 3G, HSDPA, GSM, EDGE

Connectivity : Bluetooth, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi

Others : 5 megapixel camera with Schneider Kreuznach optics, A-GPS

Dimensions : 105.9 x 55.3 x 11.95mm

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